Infrastructure for learning sets out our plan to put equity and excellence into action across our state's educational infrastructure and provide for Queensland's diverse and growing communities. Aligned to the State Infrastructure Strategy, it details our plan to invest wisely and leverage the collective strengths of school communities. It aims to ensure every child, young person and our school staff have access to inclusive, safe and fit-for-purpose early childhood education and school facilities that open a world of teaching and learning opportunities.
Infrastructure for learning recognises the important role schools have in connecting and strengthening our communities, but also realises learning is changing and our school environments must keep pace.
The plan seeks to embrace recent innovations in teaching and learning and make best use of our existing infrastructure. We will prioritise smarter and more sustainable approaches to planning, renewal and delivery, and focus on how we can better meet the needs of Queensland communities now and into the future.
Infrastructure for learning involves 10 priority actions made up of 29 different initiatives that will transform the way we plan, design, deliver, operate and maintain our schools.
Our priority actions
Strategically and transparently planning and prioritising investment
Achieving best value and outcomes through a strategic approach to planning and prioritisation across Queensland state schools. This will future-proof state schooling assets and drive transparent, efficient and sustainable investment.
Developing long-term infrastructure priority pipeline
Infrastructure priority pipelines provide greater certainty and transparency about future projects.
Improving strategic asset management and capability
A proactive approach will be implemented to manage existing infrastructure assets including contemporary project, program and portfolio management practices.
Innovate procurement and construction
Smart procurement models and modern construction methods will be explored in delivering education infrastructure.
Strengthening green initiatives
Green school initiatives will be enhanced to further embed environmental sustainability and future-proof school infrastructure in a changing climate.
Building disaster resilience in school infrastructure
The sustainability and longevity of our schools will be ensured through appropriate actions to manage climate risk for education infrastructure, particularly for schools in vulnerable locations.
Improved utilisation through network planning, precincts and enrolment management
Formal collaborative planning approaches will be enacted to empower schools to better meet community need and optimise utilisation across networks of schools.
Leveraging collective impact
Cross-sector partnerships and community-driven responses will support children, students, families and communities to access the services they need to achieve success and improve the health, education and life outcomes for students and their families.
Delivering culturally respectful, safe and inclusive infrastructure
School spaces will maximise the accessibility and effectiveness of education to meet the needs of students of all backgrounds, abilities and learning needs.
Designing modern schools and learning spaces
Innovative and student-focused design principles will guide new facilities and renewal programs to continue to deliver accessible, child-safe, digitally enabled and welcoming spaces for both students and teachers.
Planning and prioritisation
One of the first initiatives of infrastructure for learning is the implementation of an investment
Planning and Prioritisation Framework (PPF).
Aligned to the State Infrastructure Strategy, the PPF prioritises optimal use of the existing state school network.
It emphasises our collaborative, system-wide approach to implementing policy, practice and non-asset solutions before significant capital investment to achieve value for money and sustainable investment that responds to the greatest areas of need.
The PPF outlines the roles involved in planning, prioritising and investing in educational infrastructure across the department including school regions and schools.